Muscat, Nov 1 (ONA) — Amana Waqf Funds Management Company today launched its first solar power project to transform mosques into environment-friendly buildings using clean energy and utilizing the surplus to generate more revenue to the Waqf establishment.
An agreement to this effect was signed by Amana with one of the small and medium enterprises specialized in the field.
The initiative comes as a strategic approach meant to open inroads by supplying endowment projects with solar power. The next step is to proceed with other enterprises that generate social and environmental benefits. The initiative figures among the strategic choices undertaken by Amana Investments to found socioeconomic quality projects that generate employment opportunities for Omani youth.
Eng. Yousef bin Ali al-Harthy, CEO of Amana, pointed out that the initiative fits with Oman Vision 2040 and the global green buildings trend. The Sultanate, with its year-round sunshine provides a great opportunity for sustainable solar projects, al-Harthy added.
Amana project revolutionizes the concept of investment and energy production, said al-Harthy. “Besides transforming mosques into smart, green and self-funding buildings, the new project opens vistas for new types of Waqf generating revenue in a similar, but more sustainable manner than traditional Waqf projects,” al-Harthy explained.
He pointed out that the project aims to cut energy consumption in prayer areas by 40%, in addition to 20% extra power, which Amana will coordinate to invest and generate revenue for the mosques in cooperation with the departments concerned.
The shift to new sources of renewable energy is considered an important part of the Sultanate’s ambitious plans to capitalize on clean energy with the prime aim of providing 30% of its energy needs by 2040.